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  • K08 RFA Engadine

    UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary

    1967 to 1989    

    K08 RFA Engadine


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    Flight Deck: EN
    Call Sign: GRBU
    Shipyard: Robb Caledon (Leith)


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    History of UK K08 RFA Engadine

    1965-aug-9Laid downVictoria Yard No 500
    1966-sep-16Launchednamed on 15th but launch delayed by bad weather
    1966-sep-16Ship No 500 built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb. For more see www.leithshipyards.com
    1967-dec-15Commissionedto replace role of HMS Lofoten
    19682 Wessex Helicopters at Portland Visit to Ireland
    1968-janHomeportPortland Harbour Portland
    1969-jul-2TrialsConducted first-of-type deck landing trials with Sea King HAS.1 XV642, beginning on 2 Jul
    1969-jul-26DeploymentTorbay Fleet Review: Ships of the Western Fleet Present at Ships of the Western Fleet review in Torbay.
    1972-junDeploymentRockall to Rockall, to install navigation beacon on the summit, via Sea Kings of 819 NAS
    1973-jun-29TrialsHosted first-of-type at-sea deck landings by a Lynx HAS.2 (XX510).
    1973-decAircraftAssigned Wessex HAS.3 XM871 as /410-EN by Dec 1973
    1976-may-3Aircraft5.5nm S of Start Point Accident Deck landing accident when undercarriage of Wessex HAS.3 XS119 collapsed on 3 May 1976, while operating with 737 NAS / 665-PO, off Start Point. Returned to Portland to send airframe to Accident Investigation Unit at Lee by road.
    1978-julRefitat Royal Albert Dock, London
    1979-febAircraftFrom Feb 1979, RFA Engadine was a regular, short term host to a Sea King detachment from 706 Squadron.
    1981-dec-8Deploymentmv Melpol Rescue from mv Melpol MAYDAY received early morning of 8 Dec 1981 from ship on fire in English Channel. Launched two Sea Kings and proceeded towards incident.
    1982-may-10Deployment Operation Corporate Departed HMNB Devonport for South Atlantic with 847 Squadron A Flt embarked. Took up station at Port William on 27 Jun.
    1982-jul-5AircraftPort William Embarked 847 NAS Wessex HU.5 XS516 /XD and XT755 /XX and left theatre on 7 Jul, via San Carlos to collect tail-less ex 825 NAS Sea King XV696 /268, arriving HMNB Devonport on 30 Jul.
    1983RefitGIGibraltar Harbour during latter part of 1983 and into 1984, her flight deck was extended and strengthened at Gibraltar, to provide a 2nd Sea King landing spot
    1983-feb-18AircraftFrom 18 Feb 1983 to 22 Jan 1989 almost until she decommissioned, RFA Engadine was a regular, short term host to a Sea King detachment from 810 Squadron.
    1986-nov-17DeploymentEmbarked 5x Lynx from 702 NAS to complete sea training for student aircrew (pic) in Bay of Biscay and Gibraltar, completing on 28 Nov 1986.
    1988-mar-8AircraftLynx ZD262
    1988-mar-10AircraftAccident during night exercise in Portuguese waters, 702 NAS Lynx HAS.3 XZ243/635 ditched. Airframe recovered.
    1988-mar-13AircraftSea King XV648 and XV708 training onboard
    1990-feb-18Fate: transferedto Greek owners and arrived in Piraeus
    1996-may-7Fate: scrappedINAlang Breakers Yard to Alang, India for scrapping



        from Engadine class
    6385light (tn)
    8950full load (tn)
    129.30length (m)
    17.80beam (m)
    6.70draught (m)
    14.50max speed (knots)
    5500power (shp)
    1Naval Engine diesel



        Typical Max
    UK Royal Navy Westland Wessex 24
    UK Royal Navy Westland Wasp 02
    UK Royal Navy Westland Sea King 02
    UK Royal Navy Westland Lynx 56

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    UK Robb Caledon (Leith), Leith

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